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Aristotle on the Uses of Contemplation

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2018.11.11 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Matthew D. Walker, Aristotle on the Uses of Contemplation, Cambridge University Press, 2018, 261pp., $99.99 (hbk), ISBN 9781108421102. Reviewed by Tom Angier, University of Cape Town This is an important book. It represents a key challenge to the view that Aristotle's ethics can adequately be understood apart from its biological and wider metaphysical background. In particular, it challenges the widespread view -- widespread at least in the Anglophone world -- that Aristotle is not a theist, or (more modestly) that his theism does not significantly inform his ethical theory. This strangely persistent myth is propounded by Anthony Kenny, for example, who holds that that theory rests on 'totally secular assumptions' (Kenny 1992, 11), and Michael Tkacz, who asserts that it is exclusively 'naturalistic' in content (Tkacz 2012, 68).[1] In this rigorous, highly detailed and elegantly written monograph, Matthew. . .

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